There are moments in our nation’s history that are unforgettable, incredibly important, poignant, and timeless. One of those moments took place fifty years ago when the one and only Martin Luther King Jr. gave a moving and stirring work of oration which is now known as the “I have a dream speech.” It is considered to be one of the most important speeches ever, and for good reason. It doesn’t just have an incredibly strong message, but Martin Luther King Jr.’s words are so beautifully strung together.
And here’s a fascinating fact about the speech: the whole “I have a dream,” part of the speech was improvised. It was not included in the original copy that he and his speech writer Clarence B. Jones had prepared. MLK totally went off script and made history. It was said that his cue to transform the speech was when his friend, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson yelled out, “Tell ‘em about the ‘dream.’” These words inspired Martin Luther King to push aside his speech and give an oratory masterpiece. Check out 6 of the most poignant lines from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” right here:
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You can read the entire speech right here.